The success of a two-day training programme in Hawke's Bay this month for youngsters keen to go off-road motorcycling the safe way has ensured a second event will be staged in October.

Thirty-seven youngsters aged between 4 and 12 took part in the free rider training programme at the Valley Road Mini-MX track off SH50 with leading motocross rider and riding tutor Peter Broxholme running the classes.

They went without any hitches or mishaps "so all was good", Ricki Freemantle from the Hawke's Bay Motorcycle Club said.

Mr Broxholme split the riders into three groups based on skill levels and ages.


"More than half the participants had not been to the club tracks before so they received a safe and organised introduction to off-road riding - mission accomplished," he said.

The youngsters rode over sections with included hills and jumps and flat sections to hone their cornering and braking skills.

While the children loved the challenges, Mr Freemantle said a few of the "littles" started to show signs they were tiring toward the end of the day. "But they loved it and learned so much from it."

Building riding skills and having fun on two wheels, but doing it safely, was the focus of the programme, Mr Freemantle said.

"It was amazing to see the progression in many of the children, especially those who had not been there before."

He said the good habits taught and picked up on the first day were reinforced over the second day which saw the advanced riders invited to go out and do a few laps with Mr Broxholme - "as a reward for the hard work they had put in".

A second free event was now on the planning books and while not yet confirmed was likely to be for junior class riders aged between 12 and 16.

The free event was supported by the motorcycle club, Sport Hawke's Bay, the Mad Butcher and Pak'nSave.